Regular readers are aware that a process in our bodies called inflammation is involved in many aspects of human health and disease. For example, you may have read that a breakfast of Egg McMuffins, sleep apnea, obesity and ultra-exercise are inflammatory, while turmeric, meditation and the Mediterranean diet are anti-inflammatory, and so on. Lost in the search for vitality and longevity is an understanding of what inflammation is and what can be done to tame it. In many ways, inflammation is a Goldilocks process – you don’t want too much or too little, but just the right amount.
When I explain inflammation to patients, I point out that the middle of the word is “flame,” and that it comes from the Latin “I ignite.” Inflammation is a complex process of cells and chemicals in our bodies standing ready to fight infections and other threats, and is a life saver when it’s a controlled reaction to a threat. For example, you may experience inflammation when you’re working on your deck and get a wood splinter. Maybe a mosquito lands on your back and enjoys some of your blood (hopefully full of fresh green juice!). Maybe you sprained your ankle when your perfect yoga hand stand came crashing down.
Over 2,000 years ago, the signs of acute inflammation were described as including pain, warmth, redness and swelling. This “first responder” wave of healing occurs because cells in the area are surveying their environment all the time with detectors on their surface that act much like radar watching for invaders. These detectors are called pattern recognition receptors (PRR). If a PRR detects something that has a “foreign” structure – a pathogen-associated molecular pattern, or PAMP – it will ring the fire alarm internally in the cell and surrounding blood vessels.
Chemicals begin to pour out that cause blood vessels to dilate (redness, warmth and swelling); others increase the sensitivity to pain, and the next thing you know, your ankle or finger is a hot, red, sore mess. These chemicals attract white blood cells that begin to clean up the area by engulfing foreign proteins. Enough white blood cells clumped together is called pus. After a period of increased blood flow, helping to dilute the irritant and bringing fighters to the scene, other factors that promote clotting are released and work to balance and decrease the blood flow. This is what happens when you scrape your knee and it weeps for a while but then scabs over. READ ON
Who holds the responsibility of our health? The Food and Drink Industry? Employers? Government? Ultimately, it is up to each and everyone of us – and education is key. So just how unhealthy are those Starbucks Specialty Drinks? With the huge success of the Unicorn and now the Mermaid, Healthline News asked both sides (including Starbucks) to weigh in.
Almost everyone agrees that there are too many calories and too much sugar in those Frappuccino drinks. So, should you abstain, or is it OK to occasionally indulge?
Unless you live on an internet-free compound, you were no doubt accosted by pictures of the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino during its limited five-day run in April.
This was a drink that was clearly made for Instagram fame, though it is not the caffeine empire’s first concoction to create similar fanfare. Nor is it likely to be the last — this month the Mermaid Frappuccino seems to be all the rage. Reviews of the Unicorn were mixed, with Starbucks’ loyalists rushing to get a taste while much of the internet stood back in judgment.
Memes were created accusing Starbucks of pushing diabetes, sanctimommies tut-tutted their parenting peers for allowing their children to indulge, and lines were drawn in the sand between those who think an occasional treat is no big deal and those a bit more intent on demonizing the Unicorn.
What’s in these drinks?
With 410 calories and 59 grams of sugar in a 16-ounce grande, it’s not shocking the Unicorn raised a few eyebrows. By comparison, a 16-ounce Coca-Cola contains 190 calories and 52 grams of sugar. The Unicorn far exceeds what most nutritionists consider an acceptable level of sugar and calories in a beverage.
But it’s worth noting that it is not the only drink on the Starbucks specialty list to boast such stats. In fact, it’s not even the worst. The S’mores Frappuccino, for instance, contains 490 calories and 67 grams of sugar in a 16-ounce serving.
What’s wrong with all that sugar?
Consuming that much sugar on a regular basis can have health consequences. According to a 2016 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, if a person’s daily caloric intake is made up of 25 percent or more sugar, their risk of dying of heart disease more than doubles compared with those whose diets consist of less than 10 percent sugar.
The same study found a cause and effect relationship where the level of risk increases alongside the level of sugar intake, regardless of age, sex, amount of physical activity, and body-mass index.
High average doses of sugar have also been found to contribute to weight gain, insulin resistance, liver failure, and pancreatic cancer.
As a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests no more than 25 grams (6 teaspoons) of added sugar per day. Meanwhile, research has found that the average American consumes closer to 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day. READ ON
1. Eliminate the pressure. What Dad wants most is to have a day free from any pressure. Even the pressure of having a “perfect day.” Let him really relax so he can enjoy his second wish…
2. Spend time together. Get away from the house if you must, but take this day to focus on spending time together as a family. Go for a walk, have a picnic, lie in a hammock together, share stories and dreams together. Now that’s a day Dad will really remember!
3. Make romance. Father’s Day is not just a day to celebrate Dad as provider and caregiver for the children. It’s a day to honor your partner as your lover and friend. Make him feel special by telling him how much he means to you – as a partner and as the father to your children. Give him a sexy surprise in the morning or steal a few moments during the day to show him how much you love him.
4. Focus on him. Instead of planning everything out for him, give him the gift of freedom and choice. Let him make decisions about what to do and how to spend the day. If he’s a sports fan, accompany him to see a favorite team play. Is fishing his passion? If he wants a few hours to himself, indulge him. He deserves it!
5. Bring on the praise. Fathers want to be appreciated. Tell him how much you need him. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on extravagant gifts; your gratitude and love are the greatest gifts you can give him this Father’s Day.
Zinc may be the last entry on an alphabetical list of minerals, but it could be number one when you consider how important it is to men’s health. Clue number one: the prostate gland contains a high concentration of this mineral, and nature didn’t put it there for no reason. Clue number two: zinc has an impact on testosterone levels, and we all know how important that is!
What Is Zinc?
Zinc is an essential trace mineral that is necessary for all cells. Prostate cells, however, accumulate more zinc than cells anywhere else in the body. In addition to the prostate, zinc is found in high concentrations in bone, eyes, kidney, liver, muscles, and pancreas.
Zinc is an active participant in numerous functions and reactions in the body, including immune system function, synthesis of DNA and protein, cell metabolism, wound healing, cell division, a proper sense of smell and taste, and proper growth. It also helps stimulate about 100 different enzymes.
Zinc promotes better brain health. High concentrations of zinc are found in the hippocampus, which is a center for memory and learning in the brain. Healthy zinc levels also may help protect against serious brain diseases such as schizophrenia, Pick’s disease, Wilson’s disease, and epileptic seizures, as well as alcoholism.
Zinc helps with maintaining a healthy heart. Zinc seems to protect against coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathy as well as guard against damage to the myocardium (heart muscle).
Zinc’s anti-inflammatory properties, along with its antioxidant characteristics, are beneficial for reducing risk factors associated with atherosclerosis. It supports and promotes natural testosterone levels. Zinc supplementation can boost both total and free testosterone levels.
It can help with your sexual health and libido. The role of zinc in sexual health and libido is partly related to the impact of the mineral on testosterone. That is, the boost in T-levels associated with zinc supplementation can lead to enhanced sexual health and sex drive.
It promotes more endurance and energy. Zinc facilitates the conversion of energy in food into energy for work and physical function to enhance your physical performance.
It can help with your prostate health. There’s increasing evidence that zinc plays an integral role in maintaining prostate health. In fact, the presence of zinc appears to help suppress prostate tumor growth.
Which Foods Provide Zinc?
The one food most associated with zinc is the oyster, which serves up nearly 500 percent of the RDA per 3 ounce serving. Less impressive but still considered excellent to very good sources include crab, fortified cereals, cashews, peanuts, chick peas, kidney beans, baked beans, toasted wheat germ, and chicken.
“Men over 40 should consider zinc supplementation for a variety of reasons including maintaining healthy prostate tissue zinc levels.” Deborah Mitchell
About the Author Deborah Mitchell
Deborah Mitchell is a senior health writer for Prostate.net who has authored, co-authored, and ghostwritten more than 50 health-related books for major publishers.
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In our previous post, we discussed that the most precious gift you can give is knowledge because knowledge is power. We discussed the alarming prostate disease statistics and symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy, Prostatitis, and Prostatic Cancer. (It is estimated that benign prostate disease affects over 50% of American men by age 60 and 90% have symptoms by age 85, Prostatitis is the most common prostate condition and Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer among men. (If you include skin cancer). The majority of men in the U.S. will acquire prostate cancer if they live beyond the age of 65. (Dr. John Lee, MD)
We also discussed how to maintain a healthy and vital life through targeted nutrition – healthy levels of minerals, especially zinc, maintaining a healthy weight and eliminating inflammation.
Today’s post is probably one of the most important as it is meant to put men at ease so they can deal with their health from a calm, logical approach. It dispels the common myths, empowering you to make informed choices.
The 3 Myths of Prostate Conditions:
1) High PSA Means Prostate Cancer
a. “PSA is simply a normal component of the prostate. It is not specific for cancer.” Richard J. Ablin, PhD, developer of the PSA test
b. Stanford researchers say that “as a screen, the test indicates nothing more than the size of the prostate gland” Stanford University News, 2004
2) Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy(BPH) can become Prostate Cancer
a. BPH occurs primarily in the central zone of the prostate.
b. Prostate cancer occurs most commonly in the peripheral zone near the rectum
c. They share causes and risk factors but occur in different parts of the prostate
3) Testosterone causes Prostate Cancer
a. In the 1950’s researchers at the University of Chicago were implanting prostate cancer cells in the skin of lab rats. If they pre-treated the rat with testosterone, the implant was unsuccessful. If the cancer cells were implanted and allowed to “take” and then testosterone was added, the implants stopped growing
b. This was potent evidence that testosterone inhibits prostate cancer cell growth and development. The experiment was repeated with the same results at the University of Chicago in 1996. Umekita y, et al. Human prostate tumor growth in athyic mice; inhibition by androgens and stimulation by finasteride. Proc Nat’l Acad Sci U.S.A. 1996 Oct 15;93(21):11802-7
So there you have it, information to empower you. Treat the cause of your symptoms naturally using targeted nutrition. Your body is a powerful healing machine given the proper nutrients needed to do so. Treat your body like your car or truck by maintaining it and giving it the fuel it was designed for. You wouldn’t forgo maintenance on your vehicle or put sugar in your gas tank so treat your body likewise.
Factual content courtesy of Dr. Greg Anderson, DC, CNA
I have a deep and profound love for the men in my life. Like the men in your life, they are rock solid and rarely complain (unless their favorite team lost of course!) I have come to learn that any complaint about not feeling well is a red flag. If they say they don’t feel well, what they really mean is they have not felt well for a while or it is so severe that they just can’t take it anymore.
As we celebrate the men in our lives this month, the most precious gift you can give your loved ones is knowledge. Knowledge is Power.
Prostate Disease Statistics:
Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy:
Symptoms of Prostatitis:
Symptoms of Prostatic Cancer:
Ensuring a Healthy Life Full of Vitality
2. See your naturopath
3. Lose weight – fat cells increase estrogen which is considered a major driver of prostate cancer
4. Reduce inflammation which is also considered a major driver of prostate cancer
5. Consult with your naturopath on doing a purification/detoxification program
Factual content courtesy of Dr. Greg Anderson, DC, ACN
Stay tuned for Part 2: The 3 Myths of Prostate Conditions!
About 20 years ago when I first stepped into the Natural Healing Center, one of the first things that caught my attention were all the onions placed everywhere – desks, bookshelves, curtain rods, and window sills, etc. I thought it was very bizarre until I was handed the following story written by “Weldon – last name unknown”.
In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died. The doctor came upon one farmer and, to his surprise, everyone was very healthy.
When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different, the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions. She gave him one which he placed under the microscope he found the flu virus in the onion. It had obviously absorbed the bacteria, thereby keeping the family healthy.
Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ. She said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop and, to her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work… and no, she is not in the onion business.
The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu. If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case.
What have you to lose? Just a few bucks on onions!!!!
If nothing else, I still enjoy the reaction of first time clients when they first notice the onions in the office question marks forming on their brows…